StateImpact Oklahoma
7:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Why a Move to Regional Water Planning Could Cause Controversy in Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:10 pm

Oklahoma’s state water authorities want to move from population-based to regional water planning.

The change was outlined in the most recent update of the state’s Comprehensive Water Plan,and is the framework for a bill making its way through the legislature.

Senate Bill 965 would change the composition of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, giving less-populated areas of the state an equal say in how Oklahoma’s water is used.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:44 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

How Fee Increases Are Outpacing Tax Cuts In Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:23 am

StateImpact reported in April on how difficult practically impossible it is to raise taxes in Oklahoma, and the 1992 state question responsible.

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State Capitol
5:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Dorman Plans Push for Budget Analysis Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime Democratic legislator says he plans to push for a statewide vote to require the Legislature to conduct ``zero-based'' budgeting on state agencies every four years.

Rush Springs Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman said Monday he plans to introduce a joint resolution during the next session that if approved would send a proposed constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.

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Politics and Government
5:52 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

RNC Chairman Visits Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is visiting Oklahoma and calling state House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton a ``rising star'' within the GOP.

Chairman Reince Priebus met with Shannon and other state GOP leaders on Monday to discuss the party's plans to grow and have better success in presidential elections.

Shannon is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and is the first African-American to serve as House speaker in Oklahoma. Shannon joked that Priebus wanted to visit Oklahoma because ``he knows we do it right.''

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Politics and Government
5:46 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Fallin Signs Tax Cut Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin has pushed for a tax cut since she took office in 2010. Today, she signed into law a bill to cut Oklahoma's top income tax rate to 5 percent in 2015.

The bill reduces the state's top income rate that most Oklahomans pay from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The second tax cut is contingent on total revenue growth for Fiscal Year 2016 being equal to or greater than the fiscal impact of a .15 percent tax cut.

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Reflections of Hope Award
2:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

OKC Award Goes To Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban

Ziauddin Yousafzai accepts the 2013 Reflections of Hope Award on Monday, and speaks about the honor he and his daughter Malala feel for receiving it.
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

A human rights activist from Pakistan who founded an all-girls school and his 15-year-old daughter who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban have been honored by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Memorial officials presented the 2013 Reflections of Hope Award to Ziauddin Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai on Monday.

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AMTRAK
10:56 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Mayors Back Passenger Rail Extension To Kansas

Amtrak #822 GE P40DC 40th Anniversary Paint Scheme photographed at Suisun City Station
Credit Jack Snell "Snappy Jack"

Supporters of passenger rail service through Wichita are joining forces with officials in Oklahoma and Missouri.

A letter of support signed by the mayors of Wichita, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., was unveiled Friday on the eve of National Train Day.

Rail supporters say they want to close the 185-mile service gap between Oklahoma City and Wichita. They contend creating daily passenger rail service between the two cities would strengthen the existing regional network throughout the I-35 corridor that stretches from San Antonio to Kansas City, Mo.

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Mon May 13, 2013

IRS Targeted Additional Conservative Groups, Probe Shows

Dennis Brack Landov

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:14 am

"The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names — as the agency admitted Friday — to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to 'make America a better place to live,' " The Wall Street Journal reports.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Supreme Court Rules For Monsanto In Case Against Farmer

Vernon Hugh Bowman, who took his case to the Supreme Court, lives outside the small town of Sandborn, Ind.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:50 am

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that an Indiana farmer infringed on Monsanto's patent when he planted soybeans that had been genetically modified by Monsanto without buying them from the agribusiness giant.

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Turkey Arrests Nine In Investigation Of Deadly Bombings

A street is littered with debris on Sunday from one of the Saturday explosions that killed 46 people and injured about 50 others, in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria.
AP

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:01 am

In Turkey, officials have arrested nine people in connection with what authorities say were two car bombs that killed 46 people near the Syrian border Saturday. Turkish officials say the suspects are Turkish civilians who are loyal to the Syrian regime.

"The bombs exploded in the border town of Reyhanli, which has been a gathering point for refugees, aid workers and smugglers bringing supplies into Syria to aid the effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad's regime," NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul for our Newscast Desk.

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